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2012-08-10 Breastfeeding Caravan

2012-08-10 Breastfeeding Caravan

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Published by: State Senator Liz Krueger on Aug 29, 2012
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News from Senator Liz Krueger 
New York State Senate | 26
th
District
For Immediate Release:
August 10, 2012
Please Contact:
 
NYC Breastfeeding LeadershipCoalition
Theresa Landau718.960.2817646 258-3551landaut@nychhc.org
New York Presbyterian Hospital 
Kathleen Carpenter 212.568.0502 kac9084@nyp.org
Sen. Liz Krueger 
Andrew Goldston 917.720.7895 goldston@nysenate.gov
Senator Krueger, NYC Moms to Take Breastfeeding Underground
 
NYC Breastfeeding Leadership Council to Host Annual “Subway Caravan” 
 
New York
 –
Today, breastfeeding families, supporters, and health professionals from all over New YorkCity are participating in the
NYC Breastfeeding Leadership Council's
 
Annual Subway Caravan
.Advocates have held the subway caravan annually since 2004, when a woman received a citation forindecent exposure while nursing her baby on a subway, in spite of laws protecting
a woman’s right to
breastfeed in public.The caravan is meant to celebrate breastfeeding families, encourage parents to feed their babies thehealthiest first food, and raise public awareness of New York State laws that protect nursing mothersand babies. Breastfeeding families, supporters, and advocates equipped with placards and banners metat
168
th
Street and St. Nicholas Avenue
for an opening ceremony, joined by
New York State Senator LizKrueger
(D-Manhattan) and representatives of the New York City Department of Health and MentalHygiene, including
Dr. Lorraine Boyd
, Medical Director of the Bureau of Maternal, Infant, andReproductive Health.
“Encouraging breastfeeding is one of the simplest, best changes we can make to improve public health,”
said
Sen. Krueger
, who has championed pro-breastfeeding legislation and breastfeeding families
. “The
health benefits both for infants and for their mothers are not in doubt, and while every mother makes
her own decision on breastfeeding her infant, we’re here today to raise awareness and make
thedecision to breastfeed
an easy one.”
 After the ceremony, the caravan (dozens of breastfeeding mothers, professionals and advocates)traveled
on the “A” train to
Bedford-
Stuyvesant’s
Restoration Plaza
for the Brooklyn Alliance for
Breastfeeding Empowerment’s (B.A.B.E.) day
-long breastfeeding celebration. A separate QueensBreastfeeding Alliance caravan will also join the group in Brooklyn.
World Breastfeeding Week
(WBW) is commemorated from August 1
st
 
 –
7
th
. Each year hundreds of thousands of people from over 170 countries join in celebrating the miracle of 
mother’s milk.
This
year’s WBW theme is:
“ 
Understanding the Past 
– 
Planning for the Future: Celebrating 10 years of 
WHO/UNICEF’s Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding.” 
The World Health Organization(WHO) recommends that babies be breastfed exclusively for the first six months of life. Breastfeedingalong with appropriate solid foods should continue up to two years of age or beyond.

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